I did it! I made another Christmas quilt for our house. I believe this is Christmas quilt number 5 for our family. We are a family of 3. This is excellent quilt math.
Let's get to it! I really wanted to make a bright and cheerful Christmas quilt that was also a great throw size. I decided to make a Jawbreaker quilt in the large throw which finishes at 64" x 80". Perfect oversized quilt for one person or great for snuggles for two people.
I curated a holiday fabric bundle this fall and sold them in the shop. They are all sold out now but here is the fabric pull I used.
The Jawbreaker pattern includes multiple sizes and design options. I chose the Large Throw in Design Option 1: Meandering Geese. This design options uses fat quarters for the outside geese and they snake up and down through the quilt top, left to right. The inside of the flying geese in the Jawbreaker pattern are made up of two different fabrics - Feature Inside Geese and Background Inside Geese. It is a really fun modern take on a traditional flying geese.
Last year I wrote an extra tutorial on how to substitute fat quarters for the yardage required for one of those inside fabrics - the Featured Inside Geese. Find the tutorial at the bottom of this blogpost. Well, I decided to use that tutorial again for this quilt. I used Kona Coral for the Background Inside Geese, the red and deep pink fat quarters for the Feature Inside Geese and then the rest of the fat quarters were for the outside geese.
I really do love some of the traditional prints - the plaid, gingham, reindeer prints and then the more modern colors - bright pinks, light pinks and some blues.
Once I chose what fabrics were going where in the quilt top, it was time to chain piece my Inside Geese strips before sewing the actual flying geese.
The one thing I did do this time was keep the Featured Inside Geese all the same in each column. I love how it turned out and I was able to actually use my design wall to lay out all of my flying geese. It was so helpful in keeping myself organized as I sewed my columns.
I work column by column and there isn't any pressing until all the columns are assembled. Then you press the columns in opposite directions so it makes matching each seam a breeze.
Jawbreaker is my favorite quilt pattern to take quilt top photos of when it's finished. There is always so much movement and flying geese are so fun.
Here is my pretty pretty Christmas quilt! Both of my boys love how it turned out!
I knew right away I wanted to use the Time Warp pantograph. It is one of my top 15 favorite pantographs, if you are interested - I have a blogpost showing all of them here. The texture is SO good. Karlee did a fabulous job quilting this quilt and I am thankful she was able to squeeze me in before the crazy holiday rush.
Okay, I am going to be upfront - I have a TON of photos to share with you. I have never done a stylized holiday photoshoot but boy was it fun! Amy came over the first week of December and our house was already all decorated for the holidays. Perfect timing for a Christmas quilt!
Okay, let's do some close up shots for the texture. Time wrap gives the quilt more movement without distracting. It also has a vertical orientation with I really like as it pairs well with the columns of a Jawbreaker quilt.
I am really loving being in our new house for this holiday season. So many new spaces to decorate and cozy corners to make. I am allergic to pine trees so we have all artificial trees and garlands in our house. These garlands I got this year from Costco and I love them! They have pine cones on them and have like 8 different light settings with either color or white light choices.
Oh and wait! I also brought a whole bunch of quilts with me down to the California family citrus ranch during Thanksgiving. We went into the oldest tree groves - about 40 years old and snapped this photos. The canopies are so large and it creates some really fun light and shadows. It feels like a secret garden. I love the ranch so much.
There you have it! My 2021 Modern Holiday Jawbreaker Quilt! I already washed it and am snuggling under it right now as I finish this blogpost.